Northeast Plagued with Deadly Weather. Are You Next?

Just before the July 4th holiday, Hurricane Arthur trounced across the Atlantic, washing out many BBQs and generally wreaking the typical hurricane havoc making landfall on July 3 in North Carolina. The hurricane packed 100 MPH winds, drenching everything in its path and ruining a multitude of family celebrations.

Hurricane Arthur is the first Category 2 to make landfall since Ike struck Texas in 2008 (Sandy became a post-tropical storm just before landfall, and we saw the damage that brought). North Carolina and New England received torrential rain, as much as 8 inches in some places, as well as high winds.

Now the Ohio River Valley and Northeast are reeling from a line of serious thunderstorms that brought with it high winds with gusts up to 58 MPH. This storm has left thousands without power and unfortunately resulted in several deaths.

“We often equate harsh weather with winter and spring, but the summer can bring significant weather events,” said Dale Tyler, president of National Roofing Partners. “If your commercial property was already impacted by last winter’s extended season, then these summer storms can wreak havoc.”

Are You Ready for Some Weather?

“If your property portfolio has not been inspected, particularly if impacted by these storms, then now is the time,” said Matthew Baggett, contractor specialist for National Roofing Partners. “The high winds will work their way under any loose roofing materials, particularly around the perimeter, leaving you with a potential point of entry for water.”

A post-storm commercial roof inspection will uncover damages, but is more effective if performed by a professional roofing contractor. Why?

“The damage may be so minor and so inconspicuous that it is overlooked by the untrained eye. Consequently, what could have been a minor repair becomes a major issue and consequently more expensive to fix,” said Baggett. “It is frustrating to find out you received roof damage during a storm when the next rain comes and you have leaks.”

Avoid a “Teachable Moment”

If you find that your commercial property has been impacted by a storm, don’t wait to have repairs performed. More importantly, make sure you are considering a post-storm inspection, even if you don’t believe there was significant damage.

“When your area is hard-hit by storms, it is unrealistic to assume that the local commercial roofer is able to provide assistance. They have also been impacted and are trying to get back to normal,” said Tyler. “By developing a partnership with a firm that has a model specifically for disaster recovery, you will be certain to get back up and running again in short order.”

Disaster recovery is a concept we typically apply to government agencies and civil servants, not necessarily commercial roofing companies. However, if you think about how critical the roof is for any commercial facility or residential dwelling, it makes perfect sense to work with a team that can provide a first-responder style service.

“If you run a medical facility, or even a pharmacy, you want to be open for business to provide service to those in need. The same is true for grocery stores, hardware stores, and any number of businesses,” said Tyler. “The faster they are back up and running, the quicker they can serve those impacted by these terrible storms.”

Regardless of where you are, the truth is you will likely endure some type of harsh weather this summer. Whether it is Hurricane Arthur ruining a 4th of July celebration, harsh thunderstorms or even a derecho like the one that recently hit Chicago, your property will be impacted by some type of weather event. Better to be prepared for whatever happens by aligning with the right commercial roofing partner and avoid any unpleasant “teachable moments.”